Thomasville foster dog finds forever home after 400 days in shelter

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:58 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2020 at 11:18 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - It’s hard to believe, but one lovable dog spent more than 400 days at a Thomasville shelter.

His name is Dozer, formerly known by the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society as Bullwinkle.

This Thanksgiving, Dozer is thankful for his new home.

The German Shepherd who’d had an extended stay at the shelter, finally found a home last Monday.

Sheila Searcy first fostered, then adopted, Dozer after finding his story on Facebook.

“It felt really great that we were able to give him a home and all the toys that he wants, and all the lovins that he can handle,” Searcy said.

She adds he’s a perfect fit for her family of four kids, a second dog Bella, a cat and two turtles.

“My six-month-old crawls all over him, and Dozer’s just like ‘Hey buddy, okay, what are we doing?’ And they’ll sit on the floor and chew, chew toys together,” Searcy described.

The entire crew welcomed Dozer with open arms.

“It was like one o’clock in the morning and he was still trying to lick me and like bite my leg and lick me again and even though he tried to bite my leg, it’s still funny the way he tries to do it he doesn’t go for a bite,” Austin Fitzgerald, Searcy’s son, said.

Even though adopting long-term shelter dogs can be daunting, it’s also rewarding.

“And a lot of people are like, ‘Oh I don’t want to be caught up with a dog that was abused.’ What if. It’s all in the training. You can reverse a lot of that behavioral issues just in training,” Searcy explained.

The shelter says it’s easy to forget about long-term shelter dogs, which is why the humane society turns to social media.

“Any specific animal can lose relevance and, as critical as that sounds, it just is the nature of the beast if you will and so it’s our job as a staff and as an organization to keep these animals relevant to keep telling their story until they find permanent placement,” Chandler Giddes, the executive director of the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society said.

Giving this family plenty to be thankful for.

There are several dogs still at the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society who need homes.

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